The Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site visitor center will reopen to the public on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. CDT. Limited public access will resume inside the visitor center, exhibits, restrooms, and Jefferson National Parks Association bookstore.
Ranger-led guided tours will resume on Tuesday, October 12, 2021.
Information on Daily Ranger-Led Guided Tours
Ranger-led guided tours at Little Rock Central High School NHS are only offered on select dates and only at 1:00 PM CST/CDT; programs do not include access inside Central High School due to COVID-19. For visitor planning purposes, below is a list of dates where tours are not available.
Ranger-led guided tours are by confirmed reservation only and must be reserved and confirmed at minimum forty-eight hours (2 days) in advance. For the best possible availability, we recommend calling to request reservations at minimum 1 month or more in advance as there is no guarantee of tour availability without a confirmed reservation.Tours have a set limit of participants (15 for this current phased access); groups wanting to bring more than 15 visitors must contact the park in advance at (501) 374-1957 to see if an accommodation can be made.
Ranger-led guided tours start at the Visitor Center located at 2120 W Daisy L Gatson Bates Drive; the Visitor Center offers free parking and can accommodate cars, buses and RVs. Ranger-led guided tours involve crossing two streets at an intersection to reach Little Rock Central High School. Paved crosswalks and sidewalks connect the visitor center to Little Rock Central High School and are accessible. A tour may involve several periods of time outdoors in various temperatures; in the event of inclement weather, a tour may either be modified to stay inside the visitor center or shortened in duration.
Ranger-led guided tours are walking interpretive programs from the visitor center to Little Rock Central High School that will share the story of the Little Rock Nine, desegregation, education and this moment in the civil rights movement. The route of the tour may go onto the grounds of Little Rock Central High School, the grounds of the Magnolia Mobil Station, into the Commemorative Garden and/or to the Elizabeth Eckford Bus Bench, all of which are accessible. The landing at the main entrance to Little Rock Central High School is not accessible.
Please note - these ranger-led guided tours are not focused on LRCHS and its architecture.
Note - Here are a list of dates where ranger-led guided tours will not be given:
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Friday, December 24, 2021
Saturday, December 25, 2021
Friday, December 31, 2021
Saturday, January 1, 2022
Best way to reserve a ranger-led guided tour:
Call (501) 374-1957, the park's main phone number.
When reserving a tour, please be prepared with the following information or leave this in your message:
Name for the individual or group - this will be our point of contact
A phone number (preferably a cell phone you will have on the day of the tour)
Number of people you want to go on the tour
An email address that you check - we will send a confirmation email to this address
Any accessibility accomodations or special requests we can provide on a tour
We will reserve and confirm the date, time, phone number and other relevant details with you either with an emailed confirmation.